GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review :: Bundle

10-18-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Board

Board

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review 8-pin power

8-pin power

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review MOSFET heatsink

MOSFET heatsink

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Solid capacitors

Solid capacitors


Starting with the upper right hand corner we find the 8-pin power connector. Some of the P55 chipset manufacturers use 4-pin power on their boards but GIGABYTE has decided to go the tried and true 8-pin power route. Below the 8-pin power connector is the MOSFET heatsink. This is connected to another MOSFET heatsink via a heatpipe. Under the MOSFETs is the VRM power circuitry.


GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review LGA-1156

LGA-1156

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review CPU Socket area

CPU Socket area

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Memory

Memory

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Back of board

Back of board


The CPU Socket is the new LGA-1156 Socket. The CPU itself is installed by lifting the lever away from the cover, lifting the cover and inserting the LGA-1156 Core i7 or i5 CPU into the Socket, making sure to align the notches with the Socket and apply thermal paste on top of the CPU. The next step is to lower the cover making sure the prongs surround the screw and lower the lever locking the CPU into place.


GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Intel P55 Express chip

Intel P55 Express chip

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review ITE chip

ITE chip

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review DualBIOS

DualBIOS

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power


Below the CPU Socket is a rarity in the P55 market, six DIMM slots. One thing to note is that the LGA-1156 CPUs only support dual-channel memory architecture. You can install up to 16GB of memory in the P55-UD6 motherboard clocked at up to DDR3 2600+/2200/1333/1066/800MHz when the CPU is overclocked. The P55 chipset supports Intelís Extreme Memory Profile.


GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Heatpipe

Heatpipe

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review FP IO

FP IO

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review LED

LED

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review CPUFan

CPUFan


The bottom right edge of the motherboard is where the 24-pin power connector is located on the P55-UD6 motherboard. To the right of the 24-pin power is an ITE chip. There is a System Fan header next to the 24-pin power connector. To the left of the SATA ports is a LED giving status numbers at boot. Normal operation has the motherboard at a FF state.


GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review USB Headers

USB Headers

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review FDD

FDD

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review SysFan header

SysFan header

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review ITE chip 2

ITE chip 2


The left edge of the board starts off with a multi-colored Front Panel connection. Each connector is labeled and color coded, meaning that the user is less likely to mix up the connections. Two USB headers follow the FP. An IEEE-1394 header provides support for Firewire on the board. To the left of the FDD connector is a COMA header. Another ITE chip is on top of the board.


GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Expansion

Expansion

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review PCH Fan header

PCH Fan header

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review COMA

COMA

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Texas Instruments chip

Texas Instruments chip


Expansion on the board is quite extensive with three PCI Express x16 slots, two PCI Express x1 slots and two PCI slots. The first PCI Express x16 slot runs at x16 mode when a single card is installed. If two cards are installed in the first and second slot, they run at x8/x8 mode. The third PCI Express x16 slot runs at x4 mode. The P55-UD6 supports 2-way SLI and 3-way CrossfireX.


GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review SATA

SATA

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review IDE

IDE

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Power button

Power button

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review ALC889A

ALC889A


The board has 10 onboard SATA ports with six controlled by the Intel P55 Express chipset. Two further SATA ports are controlled by a GIGABYTE SATA2 chip which also controls the IDE connector. There are two JMB362 chips that support the external SATA connectors and the remaining SATA devices on the board. The Intel chip supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. The GIGABYTE chip supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD. The FDD connector is controlled by an ITE8720 chip.


GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Audio

Audio

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Audio driver

Audio driver


Onboard sound is provided by the venerable Realtek ALC889A CODEC that has been found on many motherboards over the years. This CODEC supports the High Definition Audio standard with support for 7.1+2 channel Multi-streaming audio via the FP. The CODEC supports S/PDIF In/Out, Dolby Home Theater, and CD In. The ALC889A is an excellent onboard audio solution.


GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review FP Audio

FP Audio

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review RTL8111D

RTL8111D

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review Coupon

Coupon

GIGABYTE P55-UD6 Motherboard Review I/O

I/O


The Rear I/O on the board consists of a PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, a coaxial S/PDIF Out connector, a optical S/PDIF Out connector, two IEEE-1394 ports, 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, two external SATA/USB Combo connectors, two RJ-45 ports and 6 audio jacks for the onboard audio. The inclusion of a PS/2 connector allows those with legacy PS/2 mice or keyboards to use this board. The RJ-45 jacks for the onboard LAN are controlled by two RTL8111D chips and supports Teaming and Smart Dual LAN.